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Everything you need to know about editing.

Sub-Pages

If a game has a lot of content from a certain category (i.e., unused items), you can create a separate sub-page for the category so the main article doesn't get too full. First, you will need to create a section for sub-pages, like we've done here. (Visit Sections for more information.) Then, add this code below the section name:

Code:
{{subpage|Sub-Page Name|image=IMAGE_NAME.png|width=80|text=A brief description of the sub-page, with a relevant image.}}

You will also need to add a thumbnail image that is relevant to your sub-page. The result will look like this:


TWW MiniMapSelect.png
Map Select
Information about the game's map select.

The name of the sub-page will be a red link. Click the name to start editing the sub-page, making sure to start the subpage with {{subpage}}

Sections

You can divide an article's content into sections. If you have 3 or more sections, an index will be automatically created at the top of the page. The section you are reading is called "Sections".

Code:
==Section Name==

Sub-Headers

Sections can be divided into Subsections by using sub-headers.

Code:
===Sub-Header Name===

Result:

Example

It's easy!

Text Formatting

A guide to basic text formatting on the wiki.

Bold

To bold text, place three apostrophes before and after the text that you want to be bolded.

Code: Result:
'''Bold''' Bold

Always use bold text for controller buttons and D-Pad/joystick movements:

  • Press Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A to make your vehicle explode.

Italics

To italicize text, place two apostrophes before and after the text that you want to be italicized.

Code: Result:
''Italics'' Italics

Always italicize game titles:

  • This spiritual successor to Vehicle Race Excellent was developed entirely on a ZX Spectrum, in only three weeks' time, on a budget of exactly three cans of SpaghettiOs.

Bold + Italics

To bold and italicize text, place five apostrophes before and after the text that you want to be bolded and italicized.

Code: Result:
'''''Bold + Italics''''' Bold + Italics

Always bold and italicize a game title when it appears in its own article description:

  • Jalopy Run Wonderful is a futuristic 3D racing game, and a prime example of what happens when you simply don't give a crap.

Hex Values & Codes

Use the code below when writing hexadecimal values (ROM addresses, Gameshark codes, etc.) in your article:

Code: Result:
{{hex|22160484 00000000}} 22160484 00000000

Don't forget to note which version of the game your code is for, if there is more than one version.

Links

To create a link, place square brackets around the URL. Try not to add red links to pages.

Code: Result:
[http://tcrf.net] [1]

Adding Links to Text:

To add links to text, use the following code:

Code: Result:
[http://tcrf.net The Cutting Room Floor] The Cutting Room Floor

Linking TCRF Pages:

When you want to link pages or files on TCRF, use this code:

Code: [[Page Name|Link Text]]

Example:

Code: Result:
[[Donkey Kong Country (SNES)|Donkey Kong Country (SNES)]] Donkey Kong Country (SNES)

Linking Categories:

When you want to link categories on TCRF, use this code:

Code: [[:Category:Category_Name|Link Text]]

Example:

Code: Result:
[[:Category:NES games|NES]] NES

Tables

To create a table, use the following code:

Code:
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: left;"

!Column Header 1
!Column Header 2
|-
|Row A, Column 1
|Row A, Column 2
|-
|Row B, Column 1
|Row B, Column 2
|-
|Row C, Column 1
|Row C, Column 2
|}

Result:

Column Header 1 Column Header 2
Row A, Column 1 Row A, Column 2
Row B, Column 1 Row B, Column 2
Row C, Column 1 Row C, Column 2

Wiki tables can be copied and pasted into spreadsheets. It is also possible to generate wiki tables automatically by copying and pasting from a spreadsheet into Excel2Wiki, unchecking "format header", and replacing the header generated by the website with the header in the example above.

For further information on formatting tables, see MediaWiki's help page.

Lists

To create a list, use #:

Code: Result:
# Apples

# Grapes
# Kiwis


  1. Apples
  2. Grapes
  3. Kiwis

To add subpoints to your lists, use *:

Code: Result:
# Apples

#* Red
# Grapes
#* Purple
# Kiwis
#* Green


  1. Apples
    • Red
  2. Grapes
    • Purple
  3. Kiwis
    • Green

Boxes

Create boxes around your text with <pre> </pre> tags:

Code: Result:
<pre>This is an example.</pre>
This is an example.

Line Breaks

Use a <br> tag to insert a line break in your text.

Code: Result:
I like line breaks.<br>Don't you? I like line breaks.
Don't you?

Horizontal Lines

Use four hyphens to manually insert a horizontal line across the page, like so:


Code:
----

Special Symbols for the PlayStation

If you want to insert symbols for the buttons found on the various PlayStation consoles, please use the following unicode symbols:

U+25B3 WHITE UP-POINTING TRIANGLE

U+25CB WHITE CIRCLE

U+25A1 WHITE SQUARE

U+2715 MULTIPLICATION X

Tags

Tcrf-wipicon.png
Tagging Articles
Tags you can add to articles in order to alert readers about things that need to be done.

Citing Sources

Source Tags

If your information is from other websites or users, you can credit them with the {{source}} tag:

Code: Result:
{{source|Person A (Code), Person B (Screenshot)}}
(Source: Person A (Code), Person B (Screenshot))

You can also link sources.

Code: Result:
{{source|1=[http://tcrf.net TCRF] & [http://the-gcn.net The GCN]}}
(Source: TCRF & The GCN)


If you're documenting personal research, you can also credit yourself using the {{source}} tag.
Additionally, the {{tcrf source}} tag is available for users who wish to attribute their research to the site without directly displaying their username.
This tag must contain your TCRF username. It will be displayed only as hover text.

Code: Result:
{{tcrf source|Person C}}
(Source: Original TCRF research)

Reference Function

When you want to cite the source of an asset or a piece of information, the source tag described above is usually sufficient. However, prerelease pages rely heavily on well-sourced information, which means they are better served by Wikipedia-style references.

Creating a Reference

References use the format below:

  • <ref name="aaa">[bbb ccc] - ddd, eee</ref>
    • aaa = A nickname for the reference that you'll remember. This will be used internally to link multiple references to the same source.
      • Example: Link Returns
    • bbb = The link to the source of the information.
      • Example: https://web.archive.org/web/20000819150339/http://ign64.ign.com/news/927.html
    • ccc = The title of the source page.
      • Example: E3: Link Returns in Full Form!
    • ddd = The name of the source outlet.
      • Example: N64.com
    • eee = The date that the information was published by the source.
      • Example: Jun. 18th, 1997

Here's a reference to an IGN article created using the examples above:

Adding References to Text

To insert a reference into an article, place it directly after the text that you want to link to it.

Code
A new batch of screenshots was released on June 18th.<ref name="Link Returns">[https://web.archive.org/web/20000819150339/http://ign64.ign.com/news/927.html E3: Link Returns in Full Form!] - N64.com, Jun. 18th, 1997</ref>
Result
A new batch of screenshots was released on June 18th.[1]

You only have to use the full version of the reference the first time it's linked. If you link to it again, you can use its "ref name", the nickname you chose to identify it. The tag looks like this:

  • <ref name="aaa" />
    • aaa = The nickname you chose for the reference.

Here's some example text that links to the same reference twice. Note that the short version is used for the second instance.

Code
A new batch of screenshots was released on June 18th.<ref name="Link Returns">[https://web.archive.org/web/20000819150339/http://ign64.ign.com/news/927.html E3: Link Returns in Full Form!] - N64.com, Jun. 18th, 1997</ref> N64.com claimed that the game would arrive in North America in early 1998.<ref name="Link Returns" />
Result
A new batch of screenshots was released on June 18th.[1] N64.com claimed that the game would arrive in North America in early 1998.[1]

Adding a Reference Section

Finally, you will want to add a reference section at the bottom of your page that will serve as a list of all the sources you've referred to. Good news, the work is already done!

All you have to do is create a section titled "References" and add the code below:

Code Result
<references />

Your references will automatically be linked using the information you input previously. Clicking on the citation numbers will bring you to each section of the page that links to the reference. Try it out!

Adding Categories

If you need to add a page to more than one category, use this code:

Code: [[Category:System games]]

For creating new categories, choose one of the following...

Games developed by (insert developer's name) [[Category:Games by developer|(initial letter)]]
Games published by (insert publisher's name) [[Category:Games by developer|(initial letter)]]
(Platform) graphic rips [[Category:Ripped graphics]]

Warning Templates

In some cases, there will be pages with too little information, questionable content or unreleased games. In those cases, you could add a warning message, which has two categories: Content Templates and Cleanup Templates.

Series Templates

TCRF has articles about many games from many different series. If you create an article about a game from a popular series, add a {{series}} tag to the bottom of your article:

Code: {{Zelda series}}

Result:


This template is for released games, unreleased games, and prototypes. Don't add unlicensed or fan-made games to series templates.

Page Template

A template page whose code you can copy and learn from is available here.